The Foundation seeks to work in partnership with marginalised communities to deliver sustainable development projects with a particular focus on health and improvements in economic prospects.
Project Management and Sustainability:
- All projects are considered with regard to costings and potential impact and benefit for communities. In May 2016 EF set up EF Tanzania with its headquarters in Biharamulo with a permanent staff of two (see above). This development has significantly helped in the work and oversight of projects undertaken in the two districts that EF is focussed on.
- All EF projects are visited by Allister Carey and other directors of EF during the six monthly visits to ensure they are progressing and developing as planned with the relevant community involvement. Regular reporting is also provided by EF Tanzania.
- Collected over 2,000 bicycles for distribution by Re-Cycle in various African countries.
- Financed the installation of 44 improved water sources in Chato and Biharamulo Districts in Tanzania benefitting close to 40,000 individuals; a minimum of 20 additional wells are planned for 2018.
- Completed the construction of a dispensary/health centre at Mutundu Village, Chato District providing approximately 19,000 individuals with easier access to basic health care facilities. This was partly funded by a grant from Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission.
- Financed the construction of a fish pond at Kibengo Village, Biharamulo Province.
- Improved sanitation and hygiene facilities at Bwanga Secondary School, Chato District, Nyamahanga Secondary School, and Nyamalagala Primary School both in Biharamulo District. Additionally and with the help of Guernsey charity, Only Fools and Donkeys, a classroom was completed for disabled students in Biharamulo.
- Provision of bicycles at a number of secondary schools for students facing excessively long journeys.
- Other activities include distribution of solar lights to replace the use of kerosene lamps.
- In August 2016 a pilot scheme was introduced through two schools in Biharamulo for SODIS and hygiene. With the help of a grant from Guernsey Overseas Aid this pilot scheme led to the introduction of an education programme Solar Disinfection of water and hand washing into 30 schools in 2017 involving around 25,000 students. In 2018 the second phase will be to take that education into the communities surrounding the schools during the first 6 months. The estimated number of residents that this programme will reach is conservatively around 70,000.
- The Foundation has established strong and effective relationships with the Chato office of the Tumaini Fund, local District Government officials in both Chato and Biharamulo and also with the local communities where it is working. In August 2016 two new relationships were established – Water School Uganda and SNV.
- EF has also helped one or two individuals and families along the way. These are ad hoc situations that EF has come across in its travels but is not a core element of its objectives but purely from a human aspect of not being able to ignore the situation presented.
The impact of these projects is producing an improvement in health with the effect that children’s attendance at school is improved, expenditure on medication is reduced and there is more time for productive activities.